I design wine labels and bottle capsules and need to wrap the finished flat artwork around a 3d shape (the wine bottle) for presentation to clients. I don't need the complexity of a full brown 3d program, but the ability to make a 2d label look like a 3d object, including having control over lighting and shadows. I currently use an old program called Adobe Dimensions, which Adobe has dropped and only runs on OS9. I need to learn a new tool that runs on OSX. My labels are created using illustrator and photoshop, primarily photoshop. Can anyone recommend a straight forward approach in Photoshop or other software for doing this? I've reviewed the 3d capability of CS4 Extended, but it seems far too complex for what I'm doing. I don't think this requires building a 3d model, but a more simple approach would be preferred. Any help would be appreciated.
You can do this in Illustrator. Look up 3d mapping. It's fairly rudimentary, but should be enough for your needs. You could also probably find a free 3d model of a wine bottle - Google has a pretty large library. Then you could do it in Photoshop.
Photoshop CS4’s 3D-features include a small library of basic forms, including Cylinder, which should suffice for mapping the labels onto as the bottles themselves seem to be photographs.
Edit: Just to make sure, the 3D-features are only available with Extended as far as I know.